Fort Wayne signs Portugal National Team setter, Quincy libero transfer

A setter with the Portuguese Men’s National Team is the latest player to commit to Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne coach Rock Perrotte announced Thursday that Frederico Santos has committed to play for the Mastodons beginning in 2018.

Santos, a 6-foot-4 setter from Porto, Portugal, was the youngest player on the Portuguese roster for the FIVB World League this summer and will play for Portugal at the upcoming World University Games later this month. The setter also led his Portuguese club team to three championships in the nation’s top division and was selected as the 2017 National Open Volleyball Champion.

Along with Santos, the school announced that former Quincy libero Kolbie Knorr has transferred to Fort Wayne.

The 6-foot-1 libero finished last season leading Quincy and was fifth in the MIVA with a 1.97 digs per game average. In addition, Knorr had double-digit digs in six matches to help Quincy beat out Fort Wayne for the final berth to the MIVA Tournament.

Both Santos and Knorr are among the four players to join the Mastodons for the 2018 season. The Mastodons previously announced that recent high school graduates Kade Bontrager and Austin Gerwig will play for the team next season.

The Mastodons return a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including outside attacker Pelegrín Vargas. Vargas enters his sophomore season after spending the off-season playing with the Puerto Rican National Team..